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10/05/2011

More 'ex-gay' advocacy from the House of NOM

by Jeremy Hooper

At 3:15 PM on Saturday, Thomas Peters will be representing the National Organization For Marriage on a "Value Voters Summit" breakout panel:

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So what might we expect Thomas to tell these young conservatives? Well, if his Twitter feed is any guide, a push for scientifically discredited "ex-gay" therapy just might be in the cards:

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Yes, that's right: We have yet another NOMmer pushing "ex-gay" therapy, linking o a slightly edited press release (by the source link's own admission) of that "ex-gay" study that was conducted by religious university professors Stan Jones and Mark Yarhouse. The study that is about 9/10 religious right advocacy and maybe 1/10 actual research, if we are being generous.

Thomas is right: You're not going to hear the MSM talking much about this obvious agenda that's even more obviously meant to help the anti-LGBT crowd justify its "love the sinner, hate the sin" view, since credible news outlets will instead preferring to report the credible science that rejects "change" efforts with full force But it is high time the MSM starts talking about the obviously overreaching views that are fostering groups like NOM. The "protect marriage" cover is falling further away with every passing day and its time we start saying so!

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*EARLIER "ex-gay" NOMminess:

-Brian Brown, NOM President: Pushed this same Jones and Yarhouse study in NOM's weekly newsletter, speaking highly of "managing sexual desire" and "faith in human freedom and human reason," calling it "heartening" to see "motivated religious individuals in this [study] sample who sought to bring their sexual behavior to conform to their religious ideals succeeded—some by changing their self-reported sexual orientation, even more by exercising the difficult virtue of chastity."

-Maggie Gallagher, former President and Board Chair, now head of NOM's "Marriage Anti-Defmation Alliance": Has called homosexuality an "unfortunate thing" and "at a minimum, a sexual dysfunction much as impotence or infertility," as well as suggested gays "can always control their behavior" and called on a sitting President to give more research dollars to "ex-gay" research, I really don't think I'm missing anything finer or more nuanced in her latest call.

-Jennifer Roback Morse, head of NOM's affiliate Ruth Institute: On her Catholic radio program, Morse went into a long explanation about how Catholics like herself don't "accept the category of gayness," basically saying that we are all just men and women who are meant to be heterosexual, regardless of our "attractions."

-Damian Goddard, the man who is working with Maggie on that silly new "Anti-Defamation" project: Advocated for "Courage," an organization geared towards helping LGBT Catholics "change."

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